A classic collection of tales in poetic form about the seven deadly sins, written in Middle English. Why an audiobook? Because I've never read this classic, and neither have most people. Great poets should be more than just names to us. In this audiobook I attempt Middle English pronunciation, albeit not with entire success. But at least it shouldn't be any harder to understand than your average English speaker with a thick accent. And hey, it's free! Topic: Audiobook - Poetry
This 1855 poem was based on a Scottish fairy tale about a lone knight setting out to rescue his sister from the King of Elfland. In turn, it became the inspiration for Stephen King's Dark Tower series. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Audiobook - Poetry
O'Brien knew London and Paris, where shopgirls were common. But in New York, the stores only employed salesmen, even in departments selling exclusively to women. The work was seen as too hard for women -- but slaving as seamstresses was not. O'Brien protests this injustice in a witty fantasy about a labor-saving fabric clamp (the eponymous Sewing Bird) come alive. Topic: Audiobook - Poetry Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 21, issue 124 (September 1860).
LibriVox recording of Tales of a Wayside Inn, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read by Peter Yearsley. Mostly a collection of story-telling poems told by a group of friends in a tavern late one night. "Tales" includes the famous Paul Revere's ride, together with poems of many tales, countries and styles. (Summary by Peter Yearsley) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: LibriVox,audiobook,poetry Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
"Like clouds they scud across the ice, His hands hold hers as in a vise...." From Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 22, issue 129 (February 1861). Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Winter Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1861.
"Lepanto" was written when Chesterton was still in school. It tells about the Battle of Lepanto, in which the vastly outnumbered Holy League, led by an illegimately born prince, beat the Ottoman Empire's galleys, thus helping change the course of history. It also refers to the historical fact that Cervantes, once a prisoner in the Ottoman galleys, fought in the great and chivalrous Battle of Lepanto... and then went home and wrote Don Quixote. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Sea Source: "Lepanto", 1911
A Union soldier thinks of his friend, imprisoned down South. Written in December 1861. O'Brien was a Union officer. He died from his wounds in April 1862. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, War Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February, 1862.
You've seen literary references to Horatius at the Bridge and Volaterrae and "Lars Porsena of Clusium, to the Nine Gods he swore", but they don't make folks read that in school anymore. So why not read it for yourself? This is fun stuff! The idea behind Lays of Ancient Rome was to recreate (for fun and education) the sort of pre-classical ballad poetry that we know the republican Romans had. Whether or not it's anything like that, it's certainly good historical fiction and good... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History
Han passat més de quaranta anys de la primera edició d'aquest recull de poesies que l'autor no pogué veure enllestida. Va morir quan tot just corregia les proves de l'índex, i havent escrit i revisat el Pròleg-Endreça que obria el volum que, malhauradament, havia d'ésser pòstum. Topics: Spoken Word, Audiobook - Poetry Source: http://guillematell.blogspot.com/
Love Letters Unsent to People Unmet, a book of poetry - read unabridged on Disc 1, author's commentary on Disc 2. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Spoken Word, Audiobook - Poetry Source: http://www.onetusk.com
This poem is ostensibly a story about Justin Martyr's mysterious conversation near the seashore with an old man he'd never seen before and never saw again, as he related it in the book Dialogue with Trypho. However, since the general concerns of the character of Justin in this poem are not those in Justin's book, this is probably an autobiographical poem im disguise. Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886) was an Anglican clergyman who ended up as archbishop of Dublin. Meanwhile, his philological... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion, spirituality Source: The Story of Justin Martyr and Other Poems, by Richard Chenevix Trench
An epic poem and piece of historical fiction set during the First Crusade. This is considered one of the three great Italian epic poems, along with Dante's Divine Comedy and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. The poem primarily focuses on Rinaldo and his hopeless love for a Saracen woman warrior, and on many historical personages made more romantic. Translation by Edward Fairfax; published in London, 1600. Part 2 | Part 3 Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
The classic poem continues with more fantasy Crusade adventure, as the siege of Jerusalem begins and one of the most prominent Crusaders is killed with a sharp piece of irony. A courtly love triangle from afar is revealed: the Christian knight Tancred, the Saracen lady knight Clorinda, and Erminia, the exiled Saracen princess of Antioch. Meanwhile, the wizard king of Damascus sends his niece, the lovely witch Armida, to seduce and destroy the Crusaders by any means possible. Then there's a... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, fantasy
An epic poem about the tragic Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius (Pompey), which also figuratively chronicles Lucan's own realization that his good friend, patron, and new emperor, Nero, has become a danger to his people. The poem ends prematurely, because Lucan was executed for plotting to overthrow Nero. Immensely influential to Western civilization and a true classic, though sadly forgotten over the last hundred years (when folks should have read it). Translated by Sir Edward... Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History Source: Pharsalia by Lucan, tr. by Sir Edward Ridley, 1896.
Geoffrey Chaucer's St. Valentine's Day classic. Read in modern English pronunciation, for maximum understanding, and with funny voices, because the characters are birds . If you want to hear this read in Middle English pronunciation, there's a whole site where they do just that. favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance
Why wait until you die to describe your own funeral? The satirist Jonathan Swift describes what his contemporaries' reaction to his death will probably be. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, satire Source: "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift" by Jonathan Swift
Printed in March 1862 (about the time it would take to get such a letter written in January), this poem was one of the last things ever written by Fitz-James O'Brien. It's full of Victorian sentiment, but it also uses that in a rather clever way. It also tells a pretty good story. O'Brien was wounded in a skirmish on February 26, 1862, and died of complications from his wounds on April 6, 1862. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, war Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1862
"Being a compilation of witty, facetious, and satirical verse selected from the writings of British and American poets." A 1902 collection mostly taken from 19th century poets, and selected mostly because the editor thought they were funny and people would like them. Mark Twain's blurb: "I should not be able to get along without 'The Treasury of Humorous Poetry', now that I have it and realize its value." Topics: Audiobook - poetry, comedy, humor
An Italian shepherd considers the worth of the glory of an ancient city's remains compared to the girl who awaits him there. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, love Source: Men and Women by Robert Browning, 1855.
A hymn talking about Jesus' ancestors, and how they awaited the Messiah's coming. Entertainingly, the hymn focuses on the spicier side of the stories of Tamar and Ruth. This is not your normal Christmas hymn. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Holidays, Christmas
A bitter poem about a firetrap tenement house and its rich landlord. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, fires Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, November 1861
byAurelius Clemens Prudentius (Tr. by R. Martin Pope)
Prudentius, a Christian Roman poet from Spain, wrote several books of poems and hymns. This one is from the Liber Cathemerinon, a book of hymns for various hours and holy days. Bonus tracks are included: "Inventor Rutili", a Latin chant hymn drawn from the first 12 lines of the "Hymn for the Lighting of the Lamps", both in Latin and English. Also, "Hymn for the Burial of the Dead". Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion Source: The Hymns of Prudentius (translated by R. Martin Pope)
Audible Word Podcasts are written and produced by Kenneth Sherwood as a project of the AudibleWord. Podcast releases and updates to site content are announced at AudibleWord.org Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Poetry Source: Original Performance, Odessa TX, 12 OCT 2002
Tennyson's 1842 poem "Locksley Hall", and its 1886 sequel, "Locksley Hall Sixty Years After". A tragic love story, or a lucky escape for both parties? An amazing evocation of historical change and destiny, or a whiny fanboy's complaint? Tennyson reports; you decide! Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Science Fiction
Published anonymously, Scott's 1813 poem combines Regency romance, Arthurian adventure, and medieval questing. Interesting and unique. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Fantasy Source: The Camelot Project, U. of Rochester
1666 was a year of war, plague, and fire. In November 1666, John Dryden wrote an epic poem chronicling his year. Hits very close to home since 9/11. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Poetry Source: Project Gutenberg
Shakespeare's short and mysterious metaphysical poem, from the anthology Love's Martyr. The most recent interpretation is that this poem retells the actual love, separation from her husband, and martyrdom of St. Ann Line, which took place the same year the poem was written. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, romance, death Source: "The Phoenix and the Turtle" from Love's Martyr, 1601.
Things look bad for the Crusaders as they look for supplies, fight the summer heat, and expect enemy reinforcements from Egypt. And since the enemy forces include wizards and witches, trouble's sure to come! Part 1 Part 2 Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, History, Religion, fantasy
From the March 1861 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, a poem about an Irish immigrant mother and her son. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Holidays, St. Patrick's Day, Immigration Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, March 1861
From the Golden Age of Spanish drama, this play is based on the legend of St. Patrick's Purgatory, a famous pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. It also references the Irish-origin legends about St. Patrick. Translated into English in the same verse meters as the original, and very well done, too. Topics: Audiobook - Poetry, Religion, Plays, St. Patrick's Day Source: English translation by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Murder! A trial! An execution! But who was really guilty? Robert Browning's epic poem of historical fiction, psychological drama, and true crime is like nothing else you've ever read. Only Robert Browning would have tried it, and only Robert Browning made it work. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - poetry, historical fiction, crime, mystery.
Transmissions vol.1 is a collection of spoken-word, analog phone messages, and digital recordings. Track List & Time Markers: 00:00 Transmissions Begin 00:18 Richard Novak – Homestead 01:44 Joseph Veronneau – Bipolar 02:38 Kevin M. Hibshman – Untitled 04:05 Kevin M. Hibshman – Worlds can Shift 05:23 Kevin M. Hibshman – 3am Workday Blues 06:27 Oskar Dodier – Holy Sonnet #10 vs the Berlin Mass-Agnus Dei 07:19 Wm. Mars – House of Cards 07:57 the Swedenborgs – Saint... Topics: poetry, spoken-word, post-beat, fearless, audio-zine, 21st century, american poets, audiobook -... Source: telephone transmissions